Arran is a unique place in which to undertake GP training. In particular it is an excellent launch pad for those interested in pursuing a career in rural practice, as AMG provides all medical services that would be expected in a rural/remote area (core primary care, community hospital, BASICS etc). The focus is of course on fostering good exposure to core general practice: consulting, longitudinal care and teamwork… As well as the exams and eportfolio! However other opportunities are available to experience the wider aspects of rural practice, including our community hospital and prehospital immediate care.
We encourage any trainees who are interested in doing their GP training on Arran to get in touch as soon as possible. There are pros and cons of the MTAS application system, and being part of a training area that includes urban and rural placements. We are keen to identify those trainees who are keen to embrace the challenges of living on an island, coping with ferry disruption and the lack of a fixed cinema, and the stimulation of broad general practice, stunning scenery and excellent training opportunities.
We are very happy to facilitate visits so you can see the island for yourself. Please do get in touch if you wish to find out more or arrange a visit. Dr Guthrie and Dr Greg Hamill oversee GP training on Arran.
GP taster sessions
We are able to offer a week or two of experience working in rural practice. If you are a UK trainee, and want to spend some time with us, please do get in touch. This needs to be self-funding, but we can help to find accommodation and suitable opportunities. The more notice we have of any requests for taster experience, the more able we are to offer this. We are not currently able to take international students, but hope that this might be possible in the future. In the meantime, we would highly recommend the Vasco Da Gama scheme called ‘Hippokrates‘ which can facilitate exchanges between practices across Europe.